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Bureaucracy’s role in poverty

The new Netflix series, Maid, is the story of a young mother escaping an abusive husband to make a safe life for herself. There are many obstacles in her quest to provide for her child, but perhaps none as large and infuriating as government bureaucracy. More importantly, the government bureaucracy…

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In Memory of Natalie Portman the Chicken, a Rooster

Some stories need exaggeration to make them interesting. This one doesn't. Every word is true.

The Human Babies

My friend Kelly and I were pregnant at the same time. Our babies grew to be soybean-sized, then avocado-sized, and then spaghetti squash-sized. We had the same due date and figured our babies would be…

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An instant dose of perspective: I made it home last night. Some people didn’t.

I pulled into the line of stopped traffic headed for the bridge. I glanced at my watch: 4:53 pm. Rush hour, but it’s never like this. I could see the bridge in the distance up ahead and to my right. There was no traffic on it, and lights were flashing…

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Why I’m happier when I’m prioritizing my marriage and my hobbies over my career ambitions

I have always had big dreams about what I wanted to do in life. When I was a kid, I wanted to be a bestselling author. I carried that dream into my first year of college as an English major, where I fell in love with science writing. I decided…

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The rhetoric is that sex workers need to be saved from exploitation. But sex work is precisely what protected me from it.

Editor’s Note: This Medium Writers Challenge entry was added to Human Parts on October 20th, 2021.

The job was a one-year teaching position at a private university. Not tenure-track or anything, but good. Jobs were increasingly rare in my field so competition was going to be stiff, and since I…

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How an eight-year-old kid with the exact hairstyle I wanted saved my entire day

I went roller skating yesterday for the first time since I was in like fourth grade and my partner said “You’re probably going to write a piece about this” before she skated off to chase her daughter around the rink. I was offended by the suggestion that I’m some kind…

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When social distance closes, we get to remember that we’re all in this mess of life together

Among the countless reasons to get vaccinated, eavesdropping might not rank high on your list, but in my humble opinion it’s an underrated reward for safely closing the gap imposed by social distancing. …

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The tub of Vaseline tumbled off the shelf of the grocery store, grazing the tops of my feet. It was my first morning back home in Todos Santos — a small town in south Baja — after a short trip back to the states. …

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In a time of mass unwitnessed death, I hang out in cemeteries. It’s more comforting than you’d think.

A cemetery. It’s not that spooky, really.

I’ve been sitting out in cemeteries lately. It’s not an affectation. I knew someone, once, who was followed by Death; their partner died, and then one of their parents, and then another parent not long after. Grief became their ordinary condition. They’d go to cemeteries on their lunch hour. Not…

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When my daughter died, I phased out of your reality

Part one: The many ways I’m separate

Sometimes I almost forget that I’m not in the same place as you. This took me a few years to master and (let’s face it) I can never truly forget that I’m in a different dimension. …

Human Parts

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